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Dr Thomas Currie

Dr Thomas Currie

Associate Professor in Cultural Evolution

 01326 259225

 Daphne du Maurier 3.038

 

Daphne du Maurier Building, University of Exeter,  Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

My research focuses on investigating human behaviour and cultural diversity using evolutionary theory. I use quantitative techniques to test competing hypotheses about how cultural traits and societies change over time, and to understand what ecological and social factors drive the evolution of social and political organization. Some of this research involves global-scale analyses, while other aspects have focused on Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa, which represent ideal testing grounds for comparative studies of social and cultural evolution. I am also interested in practical applications of this approach to aid in the development of social policy to help solve real-world problems.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Cultural Evolution
  • Human Evolutionary Ecology
  • Phylogenetic Comparative Methods

Qualifications

PhD Evolutionary Anthropology (University College London),
MSc Evolutionary Psychology (University of Liverpool),
BSc Biology (University of Bristol)

Career

2018-present Associate Professor in Cultural Evolution, Centre for Ecology & Conservation Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK
2015- 2018 Senior Lecturer in Cultural Evolution, Centre for Ecology & Conservation Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK
2013-2015 Lecturer in Cultural Evolution, Centre for Ecology & Conservation Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK
2010-2013 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Human Evolutionary Ecology Group, Department of Anthropology, University College London, UK
2009-2010 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Hasegawa Laboratory, Evolutionary Cognitive Science Research Center, Department of Life Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan
2007 Visiting Fellow Department of Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Research

Research interests

Grants/Funding:

July 2014 - April 2017 Axial Age Religions and the Z-curve of Human Inequality. The John Templeton Foundation. Co-PI with Peter Turchin (University of Connecticut, Storrs & The Evolution Institute) and Harvey Whitehouse (University of Oxford)

Jan 2014 - Dec 2015 The Deep Roots of the Modern World: The cultural evolution of economic growth and political stability. Tricoastal Foundation. Co-PI with Peter Turchin (University of Connecticut, Storrs & The Evolution Institute)

2013 National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) short-term visitor award
Simulating the Evolution of Social Complexity

2010 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (standard)
A Phylogenetic Approach to Investigating Cultural Evolution 

2010 National Evolutionary Synthesis Center Post-Doctoral Fellowship 
A Phylogenetic Approach to Investigating Cultural Evolution (award declined due to taking up another award) 

2009 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (short-term)
The Evolutionary Ecology of Human Groups

2008 University College London Graduate School Overseas Conference Grant
The Evolution of Political Complexity: Investigating a major trend in human history

2007 ESRC/NERC Overseas Institutional Visit Award
3-month institutional visit to the University of Auckland, New Zealand 

2006 University College London Graduate School Overseas Conference Grant
The relative importance of the face and body in judgments of human attractiveness

2005 ESRC/NERC Interdisciplinary Studentship
The Evolutionary Ecology of Human Groups

Research projects

Seshat: Global History Databank

This interdisciplinary project brings together the most current and comprehensive body of knowledge about human history in one place. Our unique Databank systematically collects what is currently known about the social and political organization of human societies and how civilizations have evolved over time.

http://seshatdatabank.info/

 

 

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Turchin P, Currie TE, Whitehouse H, François P, Feeney K, Mullins D, Hoyer D, Collins C, Grohmann S, Savage P, et al (2017). Quantitative historical analysis uncovers a single dimension of complexity that structures global variation in human social organization. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(2), E144-E151. Abstract.  Full text.
Savage PE, Brown S, Sakai E, Currie TE (2015). Statistical universals reveal the structures and functions of human music. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 112(29), 8987-8992. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Turchin P, Currie TE, Turner EAL, Gavrilets S (2013). War, space, and the evolution of Old World complex societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(41), 16384-16389. Abstract.  Full text.
Currie TE, Mace R (2011). Mode and tempo in the evolution of socio-political organization: reconciling 'Darwinian' and 'Spencerian' evolutionary approaches in anthropology. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 366(1567), 1108-1117. Abstract.  Author URL.
Currie TE, Greenhill SJ, Gray RD, Hasegawa T, Mace R (2010). Rise and fall of political complexity in island South-East Asia and the Pacific. Nature, 467(7317), 801-804. Abstract.  Author URL.
Currie TE, Mace R (2009). Political complexity predicts the spread of ethnolinguistic groups. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 106(18), 7339-7344. Abstract.  Author URL.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Currie TE (In Press). A systematic assessment of 'Axial Age' proposals using global comparative historical evidence. American Sociological Review
Peregrine P, Brennan R, Currie TE, Feeney K, Francois P, Turchin P, Whitehouse H (In Press). DACURA: a NEW SOLUTION TO DATA HARVESTING AND KNOWLEDGE EXTRACTION FOR THE HISTORICAL SCIENCES. Historical Methods: a Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History
Currie TE, Turchin P, Whitehouse H, François P, Feeney K, Mullins D, Hoyer D, Collins C, Grohmann S, Savage P, et al (2018). Reply to Tosh et al.: Quantitative analyses of cultural evolution require engagement with historical and archaeological research. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 115(26), E5841-E5842. Author URL.
Turchin P, Currie TE, Whitehouse H, François P, Feeney K, Mullins D, Hoyer D, Collins C, Grohmann S, Savage P, et al (2017). Quantitative historical analysis uncovers a single dimension of complexity that structures global variation in human social organization. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(2), E144-E151. Abstract.  Full text.
Manning JG, Francois P, Whitehouse H, Brennan R, Currie TE, Feeney K, Turchin P (2016). A Macroscope for Global History: Seshat Global History Databank, a methodological overview. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 10 Full text.
Turchin P, Currie TE (2016). Cultural group selection is plausible, but the predictions of its hypotheses should be tested with real-world data. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39 Abstract.  Full text.
Turchin P, Currie TE, Turner EAL (2016). Mapping the spread of mounted warfare. Cliodynamics, 7(2), 217-227. Abstract.
Currie TE, Bogaard A, Cesaretti R, Edwards N, Francois P, Holden P, Hoyer D, Korotayev A, Manning J, Moreno Garcia JC, et al (2015). Agricultural productivity in past societies: Toward an empirically informed model for testing cultural evolutionary hypotheses. Cliodynamics: the Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution, 6(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Watts J, Greenhill SJ, Atkinson QD, Currie TE, Bulbulia J, Gray RD (2015). Broad supernatural punishment but not moralizing high gods precede the evolution of political complexity in Austronesia. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 282(1804). Author URL.  Full text.
Bell AV, Currie TE, Irwin G, Bradbury C (2015). DRIVING FACTORS IN THE COLONIZATION OF OCEANIA: DEVELOPING ISLAND-LEVEL STATISTICAL MODELS TO TEST COMPETING HYPOTHESES. AMERICAN ANTIQUITY, 80(2), 397-407. Author URL.  Full text.
Savage PE, Matsumae H, Oota H, Stoneking M, Currie TE, Tajima A, Gillan M, Brown S (2015). How ‘Circumpolar’ is Ainu Music? Musical and Genetic Perspectives on the History of the Japanese Archipelago. Ethnomusicology Forum, 24(3), 443-467.
Turchin P, Brennan R, Currie T, Feeney K, Francois P, Hoyer D, Manning J, Marciniak A, Mullins D, Palmisano A, et al (2015). Seshat: the Global History Databank. Cliodynamics: the Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution, 6(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Savage PE, Brown S, Sakai E, Currie TE (2015). Statistical universals reveal the structures and functions of human music. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 112(29), 8987-8992. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Currie TE (2014). Developing Scales of Development. Cliodynamics: the Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution, 5(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Currie TE, Mace R (2014). Evolution of cultural traits occurs at similar relative rates in different world regions. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 281(1795). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Opie C, Shultz S, Atkinson QD, Currie T, Mace R (2014). Phylogenetic reconstruction of Bantu kinship challenges Main Sequence Theory of human social evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Abstract.  Full text.
Turchin P, Currie T, Turner EAL, Gavrilets S (2014). Reply to Thomas: Diffusion of military technologies is a plausible explanation for the evolution of social complexity, 1500 BCE–AD 1500. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, E415-E415.
Currie TE (2013). Cultural Evolution Branches Out: the Phylogenetic Approach in Cross-Cultural Research. Cross-Cultural Research, 47(2), 102-130. Abstract.
Currie TE (2013). Cultural Evolution. How Darwinian Theory can Explain Human Culture and Synthesize the Social Sciences. ANTHROPOS, 108(1), 339-340. Author URL.
Currie TE, Meade A, Guillon M, Mace R (2013). Cultural phylogeography of the Bantu Languages of sub-Saharan Africa. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280(1762). Abstract.  Full text.
Currie TE (2013). Inequality and Institutions: a Review Essay on Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson. Cliodynamics: the Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History, 4(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Turchin P, Currie TE, Turner EAL, Gavrilets S (2013). War, space, and the evolution of Old World complex societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(41), 16384-16389. Abstract.  Full text.
Currie TE, Mace R (2012). Analyses do not support the parasite-stress theory of human sociality. Behav Brain Sci, 35(2), 83-85. Abstract.  Author URL.
Currie TE, MacE R (2012). The evolution of ethnolinguistic diversity. Advances in Complex Systems, 15(1-2). Abstract.
Currie TE, Mace R (2011). Mode and tempo in the evolution of socio-political organization: reconciling 'Darwinian' and 'Spencerian' evolutionary approaches in anthropology. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 366(1567), 1108-1117. Abstract.  Author URL.
Currie T (2011). The natural order?. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 9(2), 195-200.
Currie TE, Greenhill SJ, Mace R (2010). Is horizontal transmission really a problem for phylogenetic comparative methods? a simulation study using continuous cultural traits. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 365(1559), 3903-3912. Abstract.  Author URL.
Currie TE, Greenhill SJ, Gray RD, Hasegawa T, Mace R (2010). Rise and fall of political complexity in island South-East Asia and the Pacific. Nature, 467(7317), 801-804. Abstract.  Author URL.
Currie TE (2010). Tests in Time: a Review of Natural Experiments of History, edited by Jared Diamond and James A. Robinson. Cliodynamics, 1(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Greenhill SJ, Currie TE, Gray RD (2009). Does horizontal transmission invalidate cultural phylogenies?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276(1665), 2299-2306. Abstract.
Currie TE, Mace R (2009). Political complexity predicts the spread of ethnolinguistic groups. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 106(18), 7339-7344. Abstract.  Author URL.
Currie TE, Little AC (2009). The relative importance of the face and body in judgments of human physical attractiveness. Evolution and Human Behavior, 30(6), 409-416. Abstract.

Chapters

Currie TE, turchin P, Bednar J, Richerson PJ, Schwesinger G, Steinmo S, Wacziarg R, Wallis J (2016). Evolution of institutions and organizations. In  (Ed) Complexity and Evolution Toward a New Synthesis for Economics, MIT Press. Full text.
Currie TE, Meade A (2014). Keeping Yourself Updated: Bayesian Approaches in Phylogenetic Comparative Methods with a Focus on Markov Chain Models of Discrete Character Evolution. In Garamszegi LZ (Ed) Modern Phylogenetic Comparative Methods and Their Application in Evolutionary Biology, Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.
Currie TE (2012). Using phylogenetic comparative methods to test hypotheses about the pattern and process of human social and political evolution. In Minaka N, Nakao H (Eds.) 文化系統学への招待―文化の進化パターンを探る(Cultural Genealogy - Exploring the Evolutionary Patterns of Culture), Keiso Shobo.

Conferences

Brennan R, Feeney K, Mendel-Gleason G, Bozic B, Turchin P, Whitehouse H, Francois P, Currie TE, Grohmann S (2016). Building the Seshat ontology for a global history databank.  Abstract.

Publications by year


In Press

Currie TE (In Press). A systematic assessment of 'Axial Age' proposals using global comparative historical evidence. American Sociological Review
Peregrine P, Brennan R, Currie TE, Feeney K, Francois P, Turchin P, Whitehouse H (In Press). DACURA: a NEW SOLUTION TO DATA HARVESTING AND KNOWLEDGE EXTRACTION FOR THE HISTORICAL SCIENCES. Historical Methods: a Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History

2018

Currie TE, Turchin P, Whitehouse H, François P, Feeney K, Mullins D, Hoyer D, Collins C, Grohmann S, Savage P, et al (2018). Reply to Tosh et al.: Quantitative analyses of cultural evolution require engagement with historical and archaeological research. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 115(26), E5841-E5842. Author URL.

2017

Turchin P, Currie TE, Whitehouse H, François P, Feeney K, Mullins D, Hoyer D, Collins C, Grohmann S, Savage P, et al (2017). Quantitative historical analysis uncovers a single dimension of complexity that structures global variation in human social organization. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(2), E144-E151. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Manning JG, Francois P, Whitehouse H, Brennan R, Currie TE, Feeney K, Turchin P (2016). A Macroscope for Global History: Seshat Global History Databank, a methodological overview. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 10 Full text.
Brennan R, Feeney K, Mendel-Gleason G, Bozic B, Turchin P, Whitehouse H, Francois P, Currie TE, Grohmann S (2016). Building the Seshat ontology for a global history databank.  Abstract.
Turchin P, Currie TE (2016). Cultural group selection is plausible, but the predictions of its hypotheses should be tested with real-world data. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39 Abstract.  Full text.
Currie TE, turchin P, Bednar J, Richerson PJ, Schwesinger G, Steinmo S, Wacziarg R, Wallis J (2016). Evolution of institutions and organizations. In  (Ed) Complexity and Evolution Toward a New Synthesis for Economics, MIT Press. Full text.
Turchin P, Currie TE, Turner EAL (2016). Mapping the spread of mounted warfare. Cliodynamics, 7(2), 217-227. Abstract.

2015

Currie TE, Bogaard A, Cesaretti R, Edwards N, Francois P, Holden P, Hoyer D, Korotayev A, Manning J, Moreno Garcia JC, et al (2015). Agricultural productivity in past societies: Toward an empirically informed model for testing cultural evolutionary hypotheses. Cliodynamics: the Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution, 6(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Watts J, Greenhill SJ, Atkinson QD, Currie TE, Bulbulia J, Gray RD (2015). Broad supernatural punishment but not moralizing high gods precede the evolution of political complexity in Austronesia. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 282(1804). Author URL.  Full text.
Bell AV, Currie TE, Irwin G, Bradbury C (2015). DRIVING FACTORS IN THE COLONIZATION OF OCEANIA: DEVELOPING ISLAND-LEVEL STATISTICAL MODELS TO TEST COMPETING HYPOTHESES. AMERICAN ANTIQUITY, 80(2), 397-407. Author URL.  Full text.
Savage PE, Matsumae H, Oota H, Stoneking M, Currie TE, Tajima A, Gillan M, Brown S (2015). How ‘Circumpolar’ is Ainu Music? Musical and Genetic Perspectives on the History of the Japanese Archipelago. Ethnomusicology Forum, 24(3), 443-467.
Turchin P, Brennan R, Currie T, Feeney K, Francois P, Hoyer D, Manning J, Marciniak A, Mullins D, Palmisano A, et al (2015). Seshat: the Global History Databank. Cliodynamics: the Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution, 6(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Savage PE, Brown S, Sakai E, Currie TE (2015). Statistical universals reveal the structures and functions of human music. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 112(29), 8987-8992. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2014

Currie TE (2014). Developing Scales of Development. Cliodynamics: the Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution, 5(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Currie TE, Mace R (2014). Evolution of cultural traits occurs at similar relative rates in different world regions. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 281(1795). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Currie TE, Meade A (2014). Keeping Yourself Updated: Bayesian Approaches in Phylogenetic Comparative Methods with a Focus on Markov Chain Models of Discrete Character Evolution. In Garamszegi LZ (Ed) Modern Phylogenetic Comparative Methods and Their Application in Evolutionary Biology, Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.
Opie C, Shultz S, Atkinson QD, Currie T, Mace R (2014). Phylogenetic reconstruction of Bantu kinship challenges Main Sequence Theory of human social evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Abstract.  Full text.
Turchin P, Currie T, Turner EAL, Gavrilets S (2014). Reply to Thomas: Diffusion of military technologies is a plausible explanation for the evolution of social complexity, 1500 BCE–AD 1500. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, E415-E415.

2013

Currie TE (2013). Cultural Evolution Branches Out: the Phylogenetic Approach in Cross-Cultural Research. Cross-Cultural Research, 47(2), 102-130. Abstract.
Currie TE (2013). Cultural Evolution. How Darwinian Theory can Explain Human Culture and Synthesize the Social Sciences. ANTHROPOS, 108(1), 339-340. Author URL.
Currie TE, Meade A, Guillon M, Mace R (2013). Cultural phylogeography of the Bantu Languages of sub-Saharan Africa. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280(1762). Abstract.  Full text.
Currie TE (2013). Inequality and Institutions: a Review Essay on Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson. Cliodynamics: the Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History, 4(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Turchin P, Currie TE, Turner EAL, Gavrilets S (2013). War, space, and the evolution of Old World complex societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(41), 16384-16389. Abstract.  Full text.

2012

Currie TE, Mace R (2012). Analyses do not support the parasite-stress theory of human sociality. Behav Brain Sci, 35(2), 83-85. Abstract.  Author URL.
Currie TE, MacE R (2012). The evolution of ethnolinguistic diversity. Advances in Complex Systems, 15(1-2). Abstract.
Currie TE (2012). Using phylogenetic comparative methods to test hypotheses about the pattern and process of human social and political evolution. In Minaka N, Nakao H (Eds.) 文化系統学への招待―文化の進化パターンを探る(Cultural Genealogy - Exploring the Evolutionary Patterns of Culture), Keiso Shobo.

2011

Currie TE, Mace R (2011). Mode and tempo in the evolution of socio-political organization: reconciling 'Darwinian' and 'Spencerian' evolutionary approaches in anthropology. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 366(1567), 1108-1117. Abstract.  Author URL.
Currie T (2011). The natural order?. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 9(2), 195-200.

2010

Currie TE, Greenhill SJ, Mace R (2010). Is horizontal transmission really a problem for phylogenetic comparative methods? a simulation study using continuous cultural traits. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 365(1559), 3903-3912. Abstract.  Author URL.
Currie TE, Greenhill SJ, Gray RD, Hasegawa T, Mace R (2010). Rise and fall of political complexity in island South-East Asia and the Pacific. Nature, 467(7317), 801-804. Abstract.  Author URL.
Currie TE (2010). Tests in Time: a Review of Natural Experiments of History, edited by Jared Diamond and James A. Robinson. Cliodynamics, 1(1). Abstract.  Author URL.

2009

Greenhill SJ, Currie TE, Gray RD (2009). Does horizontal transmission invalidate cultural phylogenies?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276(1665), 2299-2306. Abstract.
Currie TE, Mace R (2009). Political complexity predicts the spread of ethnolinguistic groups. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 106(18), 7339-7344. Abstract.  Author URL.
Currie TE, Little AC (2009). The relative importance of the face and body in judgments of human physical attractiveness. Evolution and Human Behavior, 30(6), 409-416. Abstract.

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Awards/Honorary fellowships

2007 New Investigator Award, Human Behavior and Evolution Society
Explaining the Latitudinal Gradient in Human Cultural Diversity


Committee/panel activities

2006-2008 Treasurer of the London Evolutionary Research Network; society for post-graduate students engaged in evolutionary research


Editorial responsibilities

2014 - present Book Review Editor. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History

2013 - present Thematic Editor for Resources, Seshat: A Historical Database of Cultural Evolution

2006 - present Academic Journal Reviewer
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS), Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Current Anthropology, Evolution and Human Behavior, American Anthropologist, PLOS One, Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective,


Invited lectures

2014 Department of Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK (invited seminar)

2013 Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Cambridge, UK. Student Conference. (Keynote talk)

2013 NIMBioS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA. (invited seminar)
2013 phyloseminar.org, (invited online seminar)
2012 Royal Society, Kavli Centre, Bucks, UK  (invited workshop presentation)
2012 AnthroTree workshop. University of Amherst, MA, USA. (invited lecture)
2012 NIMBioS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA. (invited conference presentation)
2012 Department of Anthropology, University College London, University College London, UK. (invited seminar)
2010 AHRC Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity, UCL, UK. (invited conference presentation)
2010 Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ookayama Campus, Tokyo, Japan (invited conference presentation)
2010 Department of Environmental Science & Policy, University of California, Davis, USA. (invited seminar)
2010 Human Behavior and Evolution Society of Japan, University of Kyoto, Japan. (invited workshop presentation)
2010 Graduate University for Advanced Studies: Sokendai, Hayama, Japan. (invited workshop presentation)
2009 Department of Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems. The Graduate University for Advanced Studies: Sokendai, Hayama, Japan. (invited seminar)  
2009 National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Japan. (invited seminar)
2008 British Association for the Advancement of Science Festival of Science, University of Liverpool, UK. (invited conference presentation)


Media Coverage

Nature (News & Views) - “Political Evolution” by Jared Diamond. From Nature issue 467. Published 14 October, 2010. Link
 
Nature (Podcast) – Interview about the paper Rise and fall of political complexity in island South-East Asia and the Pacific by Currie et al. Published October 14, 2010. Link

Nature (News) – “Societies evolve in steps” by Kerri Smith. Published online October 13, 2010. Link

Discover Magazine - “How Societies Slowly Rise—and Suddenly Fall” by Andrew Curry. From the April 2011 issue; published online June 16, 2011 Link

Wired - “Culture Evolves Slowly, Falls Apart Quickly” by Brandon Keim. Published October 13, 2010. Link

TPM (The Philosopher’s Magazine) – “Do Societies Evolve?” by Mat Iredale. From issue 52. Published February 7, 2011. Link

The Columbus Dispatch – “Measuring a society's political evolution” by Bradley T. Lepper. Published December 5, 2010. Link

PlanetEarth Online – “Faces more important than bodies in mating game” by Tom Marshall. Published September 25, 2009 Link


Workshops/Conferences organised

2014 Workshop Organizer 'Modelling Agricultural Productivity in Historic and Prehsitoric Societies', University of Oxford

2008 Symposium Organizer ‘Cultural Phylogenetics: Cultural Evolution branches out
Symposium, Human Behaviour & Evolution Society, University of Kyoto, Japan

2007 Workshop Organizer ‘Modern Approaches to Investigating Cultural Evolution
one-day workshop, University College London, UK

Postdoctoral researchers

  • Christina Collins

Postgraduate researchers

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